Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa (Spanish pronunciation: [ataˈwalpa]) is a multi-purpose stadium in Quito, Ecuador. It is currently used primarily for football matches and has a capacity of 35,258.[2]

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
El Coloso del Batán
LocationQuito, Ecuador
Coordinates0°10′39.1″S 78°28′35.7″W / 0.177528°S 78.476583°W / -0.177528; -78.476583
OwnerConcentración Deportiva de Pichincha
OperatorConcentración Deportiva de Pichincha
Field size105 x 70 m
Broke groundMay 1948
OpenedNovember 25, 1951
Project managerMenatlas Quito C.A.
Ecuador national team
América de Quito
Deportivo Quito
El Nacional
Universidad Católica

Overview edit

Built in 1951, it sits at the intersection of the Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Avenida Naciones Unidas, two major streets in Ecuador's capital city. Football clubs Deportivo Quito, El Nacional and Universidad Católica use the facility for their home games, although other prominent teams in the city have used the stadium for home games in the past. The stadium is named after the Inca Emperor Atahualpa. The stadium is located at an elevation of 2,782 metres (9,127 ft).[3]

A picture taken at the Atahualpa Stadium during a match between Ecuador vs Brazil in March 2009.

At this venue, the Ecuador national team has defeated Brazil twice, Paraguay three times, and Argentina twice, amongst others, securing their positions in Korea/Japan 2002, Germany 2006, and Brazil 2014. During the qualifying for Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014, Ecuador qualified and remained undefeated at this stadium. This record was broken by Brazil in 2018 World Cup qualification after Brazil defeated Ecuador 0-3 in the stadium.

The current structure was set to be demolished in late 2020 to make way for a new, more modern venue,[4] but as of 2023, that did not happen.

References edit

  1. ^ Anuario Conmebol Sudamericana 2022. CONMEBOL. 3 April 2023. p. 94. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  2. ^ Telégrafo, El (20 August 2012). "La nueva capacidad del Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa es de 35.742 personas". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Olimpico Atahualpa - Football Stadium". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "El estadio Olímpico Atahualpa será demolido a finales del 2020 y se levantará otro estadio con mayor capacidad" (in Spanish). 13 January 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.

External links edit

  Media related to Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa at Wikimedia Commons